UNIDIR report discusses application of ISACS


“In July 2008, CASA launched another ambitious initiative to develop the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) along the lines of the standards the United Nations has already developed in the areas of mine action (the International Mine Action Standards) and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants (the Integrated DDR Standards). The purpose of ISACS is to enhance the effectiveness of policymaking and programming across the UN system by providing clear and comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policymakers on a wide range of SALW control issues.

[...] It is worth noting the importance of the initiative launched in 2008 with the ISACS project which brings together experts from research centres, governments (diplomats and security forces) and civil society organizations from all continents. This is an example of a global coordination process that deserves to be emulated to facilitate better implementation of the PoA. (p.64)

[...] Regarding CASA, more effort could be put into engaging with governments, particularly in post- conflict and crime-ridden regions, to ensure a wide dissemination of the ISACS, taking into account the languages of relevant countries or, at a minimum, the six official UN languages.”

Improving the Effectiveness of the Programme of Action on Small Arms: Assessing Coordination Mechanisms